Sports started in 1980, when a Sports Council was formed to administer sports on the island. This Council comprised entirely of volunteers who were sports enthusiasts and who were also active players in many of the sports. The executive body consisted of a President, Vice President, Secretary and a Treasurer.
The Council functioned for a short period of time and was responsible for the formation of executive bodies to govern the existing sporting disciplines on the island at the time.
In 1983 the Government of Anguilla established a Sport Office which made the sports council redundant. A Sports Officer within the Department of Community and Welfare initially managed the office until 1998. During that time this sole officer undertook the administration of sports and sports facilities.
In 2004, the Government established the Sports Department, which was started with a Director and a Secretary along with two (2) primary school Physical Education Teachers and two (2) Grounds Men.
Sports in Anguilla has bred some exceptional athletes in the recent years, Keith Connor, Omari Banks, Jhamar Hamilton, Zharnel Hughes and Shara Proctor to name a few. These athletes have competed regionally and internationally in their respective sports and they've become role models for the next generation of Anguillian athletes.
They've proven that with hard work, dedication and consistency it is possible to transform their dreams into a reality.
Making strides towards creating an empowering sporting environment in Anguilla. With the citizens of Anguilla, we're co-creating a sports environment that promotes economic growth, development, equity and healthy living.
We are committed to developing a culture of sporting excellence that will serve as the foundation of growth for current and future generations of Anguillian athletes.
We are building a sports eco-system in Anguilla where we create quality sport experiences for our citizens; recognizing and rewarding excellence and success in sports. To do this we know that there needs to be greater collaboration across all sectors.
We are building a department that empowers all sporting organizations and supports them in implementing innovative fiscal strategies that harness the potential profitability of selected aspects of the sports industry.
With a focus on the sustainability of sporting programs at the school, club, community and national levels through the use of shared program templates that promote efficiency, accountability, responsibility, collaboration, innovation, ownership and self-sufficiency.